A fishy 5:2 fast diet recipe in more than one way:
While I’m busy cooking 5:2 diet recipes I’m also working on my food photography. Or, more accurately, I’m working on my food styling. This 5:2 fast diet recipe looks and tastes amazing. BUT, I just never seem to have the patience or the styling skills to transfer what I see on my plate to the camera. The first time I made this recipe recently, my brother phoned just as I was serving. And, even if you say ‘I’ll call you back’, it seems to take long enough for the food to start to spoil or, in my case, for me to feel rushed when I’m taking my photos.
So…as you can see the result is blurry – the peas and samphire look a bit over cooked and, it’s just not a good picture.
I had half a packet of samphire left. And, decided to try again. It IS a very good recipe – an adaptation of something we were taught to make at the Grand in Brighton, using samphire, which I love, to add a little extra and make up for the reduction in butter from the original recipe.
And now for the fishy part of the deal…
I decided to try again the next day. I went shopping but the fridges and freezers in my local waitrose had broken down and there were no clams. I had no cod left in the freezer at home. And, the only suitable shellfish were shelled whelks!
In a fit of ‘I really want to do this properly’ I found a lovely piece of hake that John from DelishFish had sent me earlier in the year. And, I washed up the clam shells from the night before. Is this really what food styling is about?
So behold, my rather prettier photo…of hake masquerading as cod, with whelks in clam shells for the 5:2 diet fast day.
This is a really lovely dish, perfectly suitable for a 5:2 diet fast day at around 350 calories for a healthy portion. And, it works very well with hake OR cod. But, I’d strongly advise using real clams and not trying to fake it with whelks – even if you do still have some clam shells lurking in the kitchen.